The top official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to meet on Friday to think of a plan to deal with increasing pressure from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) that wants Team India under its control.
This matter will come up in front of the Committee of Administrators (COA) at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai but, currently, it seems that the Indian board is unlikely to shift from its current stand.
The top leadership of BCCI reckons that trying to get the top Indian players to sign the ‘whereabouts clause’ is one of the crucial reasons behind NADA wanting BCCI to come under its control.
Talking about the same, one of the BCCI officials said, “The players are not in favor of this Test as they are concerned about their privacy and security. So the players don’t want to sign on something which will make it compulsory for them to reveal their whereabouts to the concerned authorities.”
BCCI hires Sweden’s International Drug Testing Management (IDTM) for testing work and is likely to continue with it. The official further elaborated, “BCCI is not a signatory to NADA code and therefore under no compulsion to release our cricketers for the dope test. We are under ICC, which is WADA compliant. At ICC events, our cricketers are tested by WADA. But since we are not a National Sports Federation (NSF), we are under no obligation to become NADA signatory.”